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Okay, so I am doing pretty well with getting to my calories. I have been getting around 2700 calories a day. My only problem is I am getting so tired of the same foods everyday. This is my typical meal plan a day.

B- Egg whites, turkey or canadian bacon and a pure protein shake

S- Cottage Cheese turkey wraps

S- PB2 turkey wraps

L- Tyson Chicken Breasts and hummus

S- Bag of beef jerky

S- Protein Shot and a to-go bag of tuna

D- Whatever my mom makes (normally about 1 1/2 cups of chicken breast with 3/4 of rice and some vegetables)

S- Can of tuna with cheese

S- Single serve yogurt with berry protein powder

I basically have this about everyday. I sometimes switch a few things up, but not much. Does anyone have any snack food ideas? Please take into account that I like to eat healthy. It makes me feel better to eat healthy while gaining weight, although I do know it is easier to grab a milkshake from McDonalds. 

Oh and I tend to feel light-headed in the afternoon. Does anyone know why this might be? My stomach is also SO BIG all the time. It sticks out like a balloon. Even my mom and dad notice that it is quite rounded. Although they say it's not really fat because I can't really pull it out too much. And it doesn't overly go over my pants. So why is my stomach so round?! It is freaking me out.

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Stomach bloating is totally normal when upping your calories! It will go down but it just takes a bit of time :( just hang in there with some baggy tops!!

 

Looking at your meal plan you don't have any carbs until dinner. Might explain why your feeling light headed! Thats normally a sign your blood sugar levels have dropped. Try wholemeal toast with peanut butter, still healthy and might help with feeling light headed.

Good luck :) 

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But when will the bloating go away? Because it makes me feel sick and disgusting.

I only have carbs at dinner because I am forced too. You shouldn't really have carbs. They aren't esstential and people say they make you gain more fat then muscle when gaining weight. So I try not to eat to many of them.

about teh carbs...false. actually that may be why you feel sluggish/headaches in teh afternoon. your brain can only function on carbs..not protein..not fat. NO CERTAIN NUTRIENT makes you gain 'fat'. it's all about calories; your metabolism, what exercise you do, genetics, etc. Protein takes longer to break down and keeps you full whereas carbs digest fast and u tend to be more hungry hence people eat more hence more cals and weight gain. unfortunately the bulging stomach does come with initial weight gain, if you feel 'bloated' it could possibly be because your taking in too much protein adn your stomach is having a hard time digesting it...give yourself a break and have some simple carbsLaughing

You are eating WAY to much protein. The same exact thing happens to me--I ate that amount of protein and my stomach became extended. Your body is retaining water to process the protein, which is damaging your kidneys! Cut it down to 50grams AT THE MAX! Once you do this your stomach will flatten like mine did:) you need carbs to cushion your digestive system.
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@kbryson7-- I thought your brain functioned on fats? I also thought that every macronutrient would be converted to glucose. So why would protein make me feel lightheaded? I have a bulging stomach AND I feel bloated. I realize that I am going to be more full and my stomach will bulge a little (Do to more food in it), but I don't think it should look like a balloon like this. Oh, and to your last comment... Simple carbs aren't good for you at all. At least that is what I have read. People say if you are going to eat carbs you should at least go for complex.

 

@KellyAnneN-- 50 grams of protein is SO little. I honestly don't think I could eat that little with trying. I don't see how it is too much protein though. Some people say its okay to eat 65% carbs, so why can't you eat 65% protein? Protein is all the building blocks of muscle. So the more protein I eat, the more muscle I will gain (and of course some fat).

All i can say is you can't believe everything you read. I have a BSC in Kinesiology and am a registered dietician..

your brain only functions on carbs. protein is broken down alot slower than carbs thats why they make you feel full longer. simple carbs are digested very quickly and thus you don't get long lasting energy that's why they say complex carbs are better...they take longer to digest and slowly release sugars into the bloodstream whereas simple ones have the ability to rapidly change blood sugar levels..however that does not mean they are bad for you.

everything related to nutrition is baed on moderation and balance. there is no exact right or wrong..

Thanks, kbryson7 - and I totally agree: A healthy relationship with food is about balance! I think that's the most difficult thing in recovery because restriction just completely warps your mind as to what is healthy and normal.

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Original Post by kbryson7:

All i can say is you can't believe everything you read. I have a BSC in Kinesiology and am a registered dietician..

your brain only functions on carbs. protein is broken down alot slower than carbs thats why they make you feel full longer. simple carbs are digested very quickly and thus you don't get long lasting energy that's why they say complex carbs are better...they take longer to digest and slowly release sugars into the bloodstream whereas simple ones have the ability to rapidly change blood sugar levels..however that does not mean they are bad for you.

everything related to nutrition is baed on moderation and balance. there is no exact right or wrong..

So then, how much protein and carbs should I eat? I know that no matter what I will generally eat more protein then what most people say you NEED. I tend to enjoy a lot of foods that happen to have more protein (like chicken breast, egg whites, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, jerky...etc). 

What would be considered a healthy diet on the higher side of protein? 

And I don't believe EVERYTHING I read. It's just that I have read many articles and have heard many people say that carbs make you gain more fat and aren't needed. So that is why I figured it was true. It is really hard to know who is telling the truth and who isn't, so many people say so many different things.

I'm by no means a nutritionist or expert on nutrition, but I did notice a lack of vegetables, fruits, and other types of healthy fats in your meal plan.  Maybe making some of those snacks would be better?  Why not regular peanut butter with an apple rather than PB2?  There's natural peanut butter that's great for you.  Or even trail mix (nuts, dried fuit), veggies with hummus, avocado sandwiches on ezekiel bread (which I personally like).  Being "healthy" means being able to eat a range of foods--I acutally think the more unprocessed the better, so I'd rather eat real sugar than the fake kind (like splenda, aspartame, etc).  Even if others may say that real sugar is bad for you, it's not like you're downing bags of it everyday for the rest of your life!  With the fake sugars, I think it can also contribute to bloating and digestion problems.

agree.. It's not so much about the amount of protein your eating but rather the ratio compared to fats and carbs..if you eat a balanced ratio than the effects of all the protein will subside and unconsciously you'd probably be eating less because you'd be replacing it with the other foods. i would suggest for you to try and aim for a 30-30-40, pro-fat-carb to begin with.

there are foods that are both a good source of protein and fat too. like why not whole eggs instead of egg whites? or full fat greek yogurt.

Honestly you need to revise your whole diet, is there anyway you can work with a dietician to reconstruct your diet? As others have mentioned there is very little presence of carbohydrates in your whole diet. kbryson7 also mentioned that the primary source of fuel for the brain is glucose (carbohydrates) and there is no doubt that lack of the above will cause headaches and feeling lightheaded.

One other thing I am going to note in your diet that is very important, not sure if anyone else mentioned it here, is that your diet is also VERY low on fats. If you are living on a limited carbohydrate diet, you have to increase dietary fats for use of energy, although now an excuse to cut carbohydrates. Some easy ways to fix this right away is to first get rid of that PB2 stuff, use nothing but the real stuff. You also don't need protein powders, get rid of that stuff to and use real foods.

I can just go on and on with different suggestions to better suit you. But I will just stress one thing, variety, have a little of everything and anything. Start off with something like this at every meal have a Dairy, Fruit, Carb, Fat, and Protein. For your snacks you can mix something like a fruit and fat, fruit and protein, carb and fat, fat and protein?? Do you see the pattern?? Just have a variety of foods and not just fixate on protein. This diet you may gain weight on, but you won't be providing yourself with enough nutrients to be doing the necessary repairs to your body. I hope this helps a bit!

- Frank

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Original Post by autopilotfrank193:

Honestly you need to revise your whole diet, is there anyway you can work with a dietician to reconstruct your diet? As others have mentioned there is very little presence of carbohydrates in your whole diet. kbryson7 also mentioned that the primary source of fuel for the brain is glucose (carbohydrates) and there is no doubt that lack of the above will cause headaches and feeling lightheaded.

One other thing I am going to note in your diet that is very important, not sure if anyone else mentioned it here, is that your diet is also VERY low on fats. If you are living on a limited carbohydrate diet, you have to increase dietary fats for use of energy, although now an excuse to cut carbohydrates. Some easy ways to fix this right away is to first get rid of that PB2 stuff, use nothing but the real stuff. You also don't need protein powders, get rid of that stuff to and use real foods.

I can just go on and on with different suggestions to better suit you. But I will just stress one thing, variety, have a little of everything and anything. Start off with something like this at every meal have a Dairy, Fruit, Carb, Fat, and Protein. For your snacks you can mix something like a fruit and fat, fruit and protein, carb and fat, fat and protein?? Do you see the pattern?? Just have a variety of foods and not just fixate on protein. This diet you may gain weight on, but you won't be providing yourself with enough nutrients to be doing the necessary repairs to your body. I hope this helps a bit!

- Frank

This did help a bit. Thank you very much. Well, thank you to everyone.

I am actually not able to work with a dietician. That had been one of my main problems. I basically have no help with this, so I don't know what to eat. My parents are in denial of me having an ED, so they don't believe I need a dietician (But I have asked). That is why I put up posts  asking if anybody had any healthy meal plans, snack ideas and stuff like that. Because I would very much like to eat healthy.

I don't think you understand. I know for a fact that your stomach is bloating because of protein because I ate the EXACT same foods you did for an extended period of time and my stomach swoll terribly, but then I increased my carb intake and the swelling went down and my stomach looked normal. 50 grams is a small amount but if you don't want to have a balloon stomach and poor nutrition (like I did) you need to eat more carbs
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